Sen. Rob Portman's son is lucky to have the senator's loving reaction to his being gay. It means so much when families love us unconditionally. It also means a lot when politicians can represent us even without personal experiences, but just because it is the just thing to do.
Sen. Rob Portman’s son is lucky to have the senator’s loving reaction to his being gay. It means so much when families love us unconditionally. It also means a lot when politicians can represent us even without personal experiences, but just because it is the just thing to do. We all deserve equal treatment under the law.
Oh, and about being an economics and numbers guy, just look into the financial impact of gay couples not having the same tax and Social Security benefits as traditional married couples.
I thank Portman for publicly announcing his support for same-sex marriage and the chance for so many to pursue happiness.
- JOAN McLEAN
DelawareSenator must have forgotten Marriage Act
Sen. Rob Portman described his change of heart on gay marriage in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash. Portman said, “I’ve never really been involved in this issue one way or another,” and “I’ve had a change of heart based on a personal experience .?.?. it wasn’t an issue I had given much thought to prior to that.”
Portman was a co-sponsor of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for the purposes of federal and interstate recognition. Ohio residents should be deeply dismayed that one of our representatives sponsored a bill about which he hadn’t given much thought, and we should be gravely concerned about Portman’s amnesia as to his prior involvement with how marriage should be defined.
Portman’s announcement reflects the self-interest of his politics. The disclosure of that self-interest should not be forgotten by Ohio voters.
CATHERINE DOLLARD BURCZAK
GranvilleIncrease in speed limit makes no sense
Why should there be legislation that increases gasoline consumption (“Higher speed limits move step closer,” Plain Dealer article, last Thursday’s Dispatch)? It is well known that lower speeds provide greater gas mileage.
Why then increase the speed limit, resulting in more fuel consumption, as well as the probability of more accidents?